The Castlemaine Guild is holding its biennial exhibition this weekend, with the opening on Saturday at 11 am. This year the exhibition is called Alchemy of Stitch and promises to be as good as usual, with a stall selling gorgeous handmade and embroidered gifts and other useful things. Do come along if you are in the area, enjoy the beautiful stitching that will be on show, some of which will be for sale, buy some lovely things at the stall and have a cup of tea with your friends!
My entries this year are only the folio and pieces worked for the Intermediate Canvas Certificate, and this. It’s a bit different, but I really like it! The pieced and embroidered (hand and machine) work measures about 12 inches square, and is my entry for the Alchemy of Stitch Challenge. I do not expect to win anything, but it was fun to do.
The Exhibition is being held at the Mt Alexander Golf Course Clubrooms, Wimble Street, Castlemaine. Saturday – Tuesday 10 am – 5 pm and Wednesday 10 am – 4 pm.
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The Biennial Embroidery Exhibition opened yesterday after two days of very hard work by a dedicated bunch of members who took in exhibits, did the paperwork, sorted the entries, set up the display stands, hung the framed pieces and carefully arranged all the other various works to their best advantage. There were VIP visitors, folk from the Melbourne and other branches of the Guild, speeches, presentations, frenzied shopping at the stall, lots of chat, laughter and gasps of admiration – all in all a most successful day. The exhibition will continue until next Wednesday and is well worth the visit. I stayed in Castlemaine from Thursday and returned home late on Saturday afternoon – exhausted and very happy to fall into my own bed last night.
Unfortunately I do not have any photos of the show – we are all now very conscious of copyright issues and no close up photos were permitted without express permission of the artist, and I did not have time to take any more general ones while setting up. Our guild takes this very seriously, and in fact will be running a seminar in a couple of months on this very issue, with particular emphasis on copyright issues for embroiderers and other crafts persons. Anyway, I can show some of the gorgeous handmade goodies on the stall before opening.
My own purchases were quite restrained, some hand dyed silks, a beautiful Biscornu pincushion in counted thread work, and an “Inspiration Pack”. The last is a bag of coordinated goodies, fabric and threads which one of the members cleverly puts together – what one does with it is up to you….I chose this one of blues to go with some recent hand dyed bits of my own, and some vintage indigo fabrics.
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